Young to visit Ravens in April

Texas QB won't have private workout

Pro Football

March 24, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER

Vince Young is among the 20 college players the Ravens have invited for pre-draft visits.

The Ravens will meet with the University of Texas quarterback on April 3 at their Owings Mills training complex, where they can talk to him at length. Team officials will not conduct a private workout with Young and have no plans to schedule one.

The problem for the Ravens is that Young's stock is back on the rise after an impressive Pro Day workout in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

Young is not expected to last beyond the No. 7 pick (Oakland Raiders) and could be drafted as high as No. 3 (Tennessee Titans) or No. 4 (New York Jets). If the Ravens want to move ahead of the Raiders from the No. 13 slot, it likely would require trading their first- and second-round picks.

During Young's workout, he completed 49 of 54 passes, showing arm strength, a quick delivery and accuracy. He finished the 30-minute session by catching a touchdown pass.

"I thought he passed all the tests and he answered a lot of questions for teams," said Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' director of college scouting. "The biggest thing for me is that he approached the workout with an excellent mentality."

In addition to the Ravens, the Jets and the Houston Texans are expected to meet with Young privately before the draft.

The Ravens traditionally hold pre-draft visits with players they are considering to draft in the first round or players who have lingering issues (whether it's medical or character concerns).

NOTES -- Tank Williams, who was considered the last of the top 10 safeties available in free agency, reportedly has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings. The Ravens, who need a starting safety, showed no interest in Williams. ... Anthony Wright, the starting quarterback in the Ravens' last playoff appearance, visited the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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